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Right, well.

Shopping day today so while I'm cheerful enough to feel emotionally motivated enough to do all the things, I'm just up from about an hour horizontal and don't expect to do much else today.

Also, bad sleep last night. I had a cup of tea at about 5PM yesterday and once again I am musing on the advice for good sleep hygiene, which always exhorts people not to have caffeine for 3-4 hours before going to bed, because for me it's more like 12.

Unless of course, we're talking about afternoon naps in which case I can drink a gallon of fresh brewed coffee and then sleep like a baby until dinnertime.


Yesterday Eldest Brother attached a hose reel to my front wall - one of those auto-retractable jobs, so it's less hassle for a splodgey splodge having a splodgey day. I think it will prove to be a good investment.

I wouldn't worry about hose reels at all (I don't have one out the back) but it's in the area "managed" by the owner's corporation and one feels a certain obligation to keep things tidier (and safer) than one otherwise might.


I have decided that from now on I only ever want to read the historical novels of Lindsey Davis that are set in the Roman Empire. Seriously, I haven't found an author like this since Terry Pratchett. And no, she's nothing like him, it would be comparing apples and oranges. It's just that lovely feeling of a world that feels a damned sight more real and meaningful than this one.

These days I feel so much more like I felt as a teenager. It is not necessarily a good thing, as it's about escaping and filling gaps and not fitting in and feeling unknown (and feeling that this might be for the best).

But like back then, it's not all bad. I have little havens. Sometimes they are people, sometimes they are places, and sometimes they are just my own quiet little routines and practices. It's just that, even more so now, the safe places are further apart.

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Apr. 10th, 2015 08:42 am (UTC)
Ooooo, those hose reels are nifty. I've coveted something like that for yonks.

Are these books easy reads, or ones that require a few mental spoons? Always on the lookout for new authors.
Apr. 10th, 2015 09:12 am (UTC)
Well - I'm getting through them. And more than one. Very unlike me.

Think I'm about to sign on for my free trial of Netflix. I'm with internode, who have a deal going.
Apr. 10th, 2015 09:16 am (UTC)
I think you'll enjoy it!
Apr. 10th, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)
I can't have tea (herbal is okay) in the afternoon or I'm awake all night. The Swede on the other hand can drink his industrial strength coffee as a nightcap and still drop off to sleep. I think it depends on the person. I'm especially sensetive to caffeine, getting all jumpy, jittery asnd having heart palpitations if I dare break out and drink a once a year latte.

I must take a look at those books. I read a lot of Tudor stuff, but I also like the Roman era, having devoured Seutonius' wonderful, gossipy books and Robert Graves' books about the same era. One thing you notice, though, is how little human nature has changed - and that's a worry.
Apr. 10th, 2015 01:51 pm (UTC)
I love those hose reels because I hate winding up rebellious hoses by myself!

Little havens are good places to have.
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